I was TERRIFIED of it. has been really wonderful for me. haven't been on pred since it kicked in. haven't lost hair or any of the other awful side effects. haven't gotten any flu bugs, still loads of energy. life is totally normal, I just take Aza. what I realized is that I was dragging through my days before because of my disease, and once the UC was under control everything else came back into place. no one knows I am sick. totaly normal. try not to let the warnings get the best of you. being well is worth it, and if Aza can get you there, then take a deep breath, and try it. Having said that, be sure you build up your dose slowly. I did 50 mgs every 3 weeks, I think, until I reached 150. every time I started it, I had horrible headaches for about 2 - 3 days, but it passes. now I feel nothing negative from it. good luck.
Pancolitis dx 3/07
9 Colazal a day (was on 12 Asacol/day, but suddenly got sick from it)
150mg Imuran/day (steroid dependent, reached this dose 9/07)
Rowasa in PM (is working wonders for me thus far)
Various vitamins, bit of fish oil, a probiotic.
Getting married October, 2008!!!!